Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper
At 95 points and with the honor of being the #7 cigar of 2020, the Alec and Bradley Gatekeeper cigar is a must-smoke. But you have to wonder, how did they do it? Newbies can’t just storm the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 cigars of 2020 list, can they? Did they pop down to a Latin American blending table and put together a luxury smoke just like that?
Well, it got a lot easier when they hooked up with one of the best in the business: Ernesto Perez-Carillo.
Yes, the man behind the 2018 and 2020 Cigars of the Year (the Encore Majestic and Pledge Prequel, respectively) collaborated on the Alec and Bradley Gatekeeper cigar blend and makes these cigars at his facilities in the Dominican Republic.
The blend the team chose includes not just Dominican long-fillers but Nicaraguan as well. This gives it a spicy peppery note to go along with characteristic Dominican leather. This complexity is then perfectly married to an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf. The end product gives you that little kick that we all love so much, but then kisses it and makes it all better with caramel and nougat sweetness on the finish.
The “boys” chose a hell of a blend to make their entrance with this year, and the band features the severed head of Medusa being held up by the hand of Cellini’s famous statue of Perseus (the mythical Greek warrior who ended her life, according to the myth).
The message is clear: the sons of Rubin are joining the industry, and won’t be frozen out by any legendary gatekeepers.
What goes on behind the scenes in any industry can be as dirty as any TV drama – dirtier even – but we can confidently state that if Alec and Bradley keep making top cigars like this, we’ll all be rolling out the red carpet for them. We won’t have a choice.
All stern gatekeepers are officially put on notice: there’s a new team in town and they’ve got noses for tobacco. Stand aside or perish.
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Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper FAQs
What are the flavors in Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper like?
Medium-bodied with cedar, pepper, cocoa, and subtle sweetness.
What sizes and shapes are available for cigars within the Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper?
Robusto, toro, Churchill, typical premium cigar formats.
What's a good pairing for cigars in Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper?
Robust red wine, espresso, dark beer; dark chocolate, grilled meats.
How do the price points compare between the different cigars in Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper?
Mid to upper range for Alec Bradley cigars.
What sets the Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper apart from other cigar lines produced by Alec Bradley?
Balanced flavor profile; distinct blend within Alec Bradley lineup.